Porsche 911 Turbo & Unimog 404 Safari Project by Arsham Studio x Stone Island
Although probably best known for his fictional “weathered” pieces of archeology, artist Daniel Arsham has a well-documented proclivity for vintage Porsche 911s. And after previously teaming up with the Stuttgart company to create a custom 930 Turbo daily driver, the New York-based Cleveland native has now embarked on his most ambitious vehicle project yet, teaming up with the brand. luxury company Stone Island to deliver a bespoke 911 Safari. and an accompanying Unimog support platform.
Arsham’s Safari version started life as the 1986 911 Turbo, although it has since been extensively modified inside and out. Built by Leh Keen of The Keen Project – a renowned 911 tuner – the 930 specimen was treated to an upgraded and raised suspension package, Fuchs wheels shod with all-terrain tyres, a hood-mounted light pod with bespoke branded covers, a custom roof rack, unique front and rear steel bumpers, bespoke mud flaps decorated with Stone Island and Arsham branding, custom “Safari” badging and a full-length skid plate. The exterior of the Porsche has also been treated to a dull dark green livery while the interior has been reupholstered using Stone Island’s signature moleskin fabric which has been given a laser engraved Arsham Studio monogram pattern.
Alongside the construction of the 911 Safari, Arsham’s collaboration with Stone Island also resulted in the customization of a Unimog U404 featuring the same dark green livery and bespoke moleskin cabin. Taking inspiration from retro rally racers, the Unimog was designed to serve as a support, pursuit and recovery vehicle for the 930. In addition to the two off-road vehicles, Stone Island and Arsham have also concocted a capsule of unique clothing for the Safari project which is made from the same materials used to cover the 930 and consists of a set of overalls, a jacket, a shirt, trousers and a set of matching bags.
Now complete, the Porsche 911 Turbo and Unimog 404 versions will be on display at the Stone Island site in La Brea on March 19 and 20. Tomorrow, the couple will also release a ten-minute short film narrated by Arsham about the construction and restoration of the two off-road vehicles.
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